The Bare Bones: A young couple and their friend spend a few days in an abandoned medival castle in hopes of finding proof of the paranormal.
Three twenty-somethings in a haunted castle looking for ghosts. Not clever, not dreadful. Just sort of a tried-and-true horror concept. Honestly not a lot of originality went into the over arching story here.
So here's the thing. There are certain parts in this one where I legitimately can't tell if the writing is bad or the acting. There are some good demonstrations of hysteria, but all in all the acting wasn't what carried this film. It was inconsistent, and in some scenes the acting was brilliant, where in others it was just annoying.
The visuals in this one are fairly average for a found footage film. There are few special effects, and for most of it, that really helps embody the atmosphere.
Then in the last five minutes it feels like they let their art-school dropout friend try to film a fever dream.
Die Prasenz is an engaging story that relies on one thing: curiosity. I got through the entire film because I was curious about the ending. It really makes you think that something interesting must be going on behind everything.
The ending was not worth the rest of the film, as much as I liked the set up. The frequency of small jump scares does little to help or hinder the film, and if anything become an annoyance of there own. Honestly the hardest part to accept about this film is that the characters stay as long as they do. And yes, I get it. It's vital for a horror movie plot line that the protagonists don't leave, but the least they could have done was give us a reason.